Public broadcasting in Illinois touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 11 public television and 23 public radio stations play a vital role in Illinois education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Illinois:
- Connects individuals who are blind or disabled to their communities by airingdaily readings of local, regional and national newspapers and magazines by community volunteers.
- Airs the Kids Beating Obesity initiative as a podcast-based service. The 30-minute weekly radio program approaches obesity prevention from a variety of perspectives.
- Hosts an engineering workshop for girls in grades 5-9 at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, where girls learn how to create a dance pad with electrical circuits, compete for prizes, perform a dance sequence with their pads and take home STEM materials.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- A documentary taking viewers on a scenic and informative bike tour of Chicago’s historic 28-mile boulevard system.
- Local news, analysis and in-depth candidate forums.
- Illinois Adventure,a series that travels the state for interviews with interesting people and visits to historical sites and important landmarks.
- Created an online educational resource for K-12 teachers in Illinois called LearningMedia, which provides free online access to 22,000 classroom-ready digital resources aligned with state and national education standards.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships. WTTW hosted a screening of youth media produced about the dropout crisis in its community.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2-8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Trains tomorrow’s teachers using technology and public media resources.
- Hosts community-based projects such as parent/educator workshops, health and literacy outreach, and book distribution programs providing thousands of books per year to children.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for grades K-3. The program attracts more than 25,000 entries nationwide.
- Provides farmers on-air agricultural programming and a website crafted for mobile devices for other agricultural news.